An Post first sponsored the Sean Kelly team in 2008. The team has gone on to provide a vital platform for development for talented Irish cyclists including Sam Bennett who has since progressed to World Tour Level and has taken part in two Tours de France.
Aileen Mooney, Corporate Communications Manager An Post said: Aileen Mooney, Corporate Communications Manager An Post said:
"An Post has been the leading supporter of cycling in Ireland for a decade, providing long-term, committed sponsorship to Irish Cycling at all levels. We have worked side by side with the Sean Kelly team for ten years and we are delighted to have contributed to the success and growth of the team. It has been an exciting and successful association for An Post.
"The conclusion of these sponsorships comes at a time when An Post is facing significant financial challenges. As we set about implementing a new strategy for An Post, we must focus our resources on reshaping and restructuring our business, and on new product development.
The timing of this announcement is to give the organisers of the An Post Chain Reaction Team the opportunity to seek new sponsors whilst still having the backing of An Post until the end of this year's activities. An Post has been heavily involved with the team since the start of the year and we look forward to supporting the team until the end of the season. We have really enjoyed this partnership and wish Sean, Kurt and the rest of the team continued success," she concluded.
Team Principal Sean Kelly, said:
"An Post has been a fantastic sponsor of Irish Cycling over the last 10 years having supported the sport at all levels. Their support for Irish Cycling has contributed to the huge growth in the sport in recent years. We have greatly enjoyed our partnership with them, which has allowed us to provide a platform for the on-going development of professional riders including talented Irish cyclists."
Directeur Sportif, Kurt Bogaerts added:
"There are few things more beneficial to a sports team than the support of a committed sponsor. An Post, for ten years, invested in our ambition and saw the team develop year after year. The success we have earned is due, in no small part, to the dedication of An Post for which I am very grateful.
It is my hope that, as a team, we have rewarded An Post by providing the platform to engage with customers through the medium of cycling. Our goal is to see young Irish riders advance to the highest tier of professional cycling. Our Irish alumni Ryan Mullen, Sam Bennett, Matt Brammeier and Conor Dunne are doing us proud. Our team will continue to fly the Irish flag in the professional peloton going forward and we remain grateful to An Post for their decade long commitment."